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France - Physical geography

Area : 552 000 Km2
Water : 0.26 %
Lands under cultivation : 35 %
Wild pasture lands : 20 %
Forests : 28 %

Min. Height : -2 m (Rhone Delta)
Max. Height : 4808 m (Mt Blanc)


France - Climate

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France - People
Nationality : French
Main language(s) : French

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Population (2005) : 60 737 000 people
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Density : 110 people / Km2
Fertility rate : 1.9 children / woman
Life expectancy : 80 years
Urban population : 76 %

Main cities :
10 500 000 people Paris (aggl.)
2 156 000 people Paris (capital)
1 600 000 people Lyon (or Lyons) (aggl.)
1 350 000 people Marseilles (aggl.)
1 110 000 people Lille (aggl.)
918 000 people Toulouse (aggl.)
882 000 people Bordeaux (aggl.)
675 000 people Nantes (aggl.)
558 000 people Strasbourg (aggl.)
557 000 people Nice (aggl.)
505 000 people Grenoble (aggl.)
485 000 people Rennes (aggl.)
325 000 people Orleans (aggl.)
291 000 people Le Havre (aggl.)
275 000 people Brest (aggl.)

French Regions - Population 2005
11 362 000 Ile-de-France
5 947 000 Rhône-Alpes
4 743 000 Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
4 032 000 Nord-Pas-de-Calais
3 385 000 Pays de la Loire
3 072 000 Aquitaine
3 044 000 Bretagne
2 731 000 Midi-Pyrénées
2 497 000 Languedoc-Roussillon
2 490 000 Centre
2 334 000 Lorraine
1 877 000 Picardie
1 806 000 Haute-Normandie
1 805 000 Alsace
1 687 000 Poitou-Charentes
1 626 000 Bourgogne
1 445 000 Basse-Normandie
1 334 000 Champagne-Ardenne
1 330 000 Auvergne
1 143 000 Franche-Comté
724 000 Limousin
275 000 Corse


France - Economy
Currency : Euro (EUR) = 100 Cents
Rate of exchange (Sept.2004) :

1 Euro = 1.22 US$

GDP (Gross Domestic Product), 2002 : 1423 billion dollars
GDP per capita, 2002 : 23429 dollars
GNP (Gross National Product), 2005 : 2177.67 billion dollars
GNP per capita, 2005 : 35854 dollars


France - Miscellaneous information
CONSUMPTION (individual / year) (world rank 1997) :
- Butter = 8 Kg (1)
- Cheese = 23 Kg (1)
- Wine = 60 l (1)
- Eggs = 250 (4)
- Potatoes = 70 Kg (8)
- Chocolate (8)
- Meat = 90 Kg (8)
- Bread = 58 Kg (10)
- Coffee (11)
MAIN NATURAL RESOURCES (world rank 2002) :
- Sugar beets (1)
- Apples (3)
- Cereals (4)
- Barley (4)
- Wheat (5)
- Apricots (5)
- Corn (7)
- Potatoes (10)
- Wood (16)
- Milk (3)
- Honey (6)

- Pigs (11)
- Oxen (14)
- Sheep (25)
- Potash (14)
- Uranium (18)
- Bauxite (20)
- Brown coal (21)
- Coal (28)
OTHER RESOURCES & PRODUCTS (world rank 1997) :
- Wine (1)
- Cheese (2)
- Butter (4)
- Cars (4)
SERVICES (world rank 2000) :
- Tourism (1)
RECORDS :
- Highest mountain in West Europe = Mont Blanc (the Alps ; 4810 m).
- 2nd longest tunnel in the world = Eurotunnel (France-England ; 49.9 Km).
- The Tower Eiffel has got 200 M visitors from 1889 to 2002 (world record for a monument with admission charge).
- Official world record of human longevity = Jeanne Calment (died in 1997 at the age of 122 y and 165 days).


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